Department of Sociology

Welcome to the Sociology Department!

The sociology program's mission is to provide a quality education in Sociology that meets the contemporary interests and needs of our students within the context of a global society that is growing more diverse and complex.

We seek to prepare our students to practice lifelong learning processes as well as to engage in specific post-college endeavors such as entrance into the labor force or the pursuit of a graduate education.

The sociology program emphasizes the use of sociological theory and research methods to explore the complexities of modern social life. Students are taught to look beyond the classroom and understand more fully the practical applications of sociological principles to everyday social and life experiences.

Learning Goals

  • Implement the theories of significant social theorists such as Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, WEB DuBois, Talcott Parsons, Herbert Blumer, Erving Goffman, Patricia Hill Collins, and Dorothy Smith to conceptualize a social problem.
  • Connect social theories to sociological perspectives like structural functionalism, conflict theory, feminism and symbolic interactionism in order to analyze the social world.
  • Demonstrate the everyday application of sociology in a way that includes an examination of issues related to race, gender, social class, and sexuality.
  • Utilize quantitative and/or qualitative research methods to ethically address sociological questions and analyze empirical data and findings.
  • Write and speak about sociological issues in a clear, logically sound, and coherent manner.
  • Develop a sociological imagination to make critical connections between lived experiences and social institutions, structures, meanings, and change.

For More Information

Please feel free to contact the department with any questions or concerns at the following addresses and numbers:

Department of Sociology
Frostburg State University
Guild Center 20
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, Maryland 21532-2303

Phone: 301.687.4368
Fax: 301.687.7964

Administrative Contact: Patty Stutzman
Email: pslemmert@frostburg.edu

Cultural Anthropology Minor

Contact: Dr. Kara Rogers-Thomas
Email: krogersthomas@frostburg.edu

Internship Coordinator

Contact: Dr. John McMullen
Email: jmcmullen@frostburg.edu

Women's Studies Coordinator

Contact: Dr. Jennifer Earles
Email: jlearles@frostburg.edu

The Department of Sociology is part of the FSU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.